Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Dead Science. The Smell. Los Angeles. May 4.

There's a certain type of character, one who survives on few resources but frugally replicates the image of the bourgeoisie, dressing and speaking with impressive elegance but quietly returning to a humble life of have not when the night ends. The Dead Science embody this style of deception, they being a young Seattle trio of class who blend free jazz, brooding post-rock, grim tales and sighed crooning.

Already solid musicians when their debut emerged five years ago, the Dead Science have really come into their own, and this particular set demonstrated a fluid transition to heavier rock. On stage, they gave us a large taste of upcoming record Villainaire, for which bassist Jherek Bischoff will apparently opt more for bass guitar than his usual stand-up, and drummer Nick Tamburro will finally spread his metal sensibility to every spare bit of space.

What they most perfected on this night was their ability to branch off into a collective state of disarray – Bischoff dancing freely with his bass, Tamburro bringing his drums to a violent death, front man Sam Mickens acting as the cool center of it all – and suddenly break into a perfect, organized note of silence. They pleased us with “Drrrty Magneto” and gave us a harp-free go at new single “Throne of Blood.” Mickens seduced us with his falsetto purr and then turned on us with a snarl; his guitar followed suit. These musicians are so very different from one another, but together they grow more stunning each day.




The Dead Science - Throne of Blood
From the just-released 7" single and the upcoming Villainaire, out Sept. 2.

See them on tour.

Visit this spot to purchase any of their previous albums and sample a song from each (highly recommended: "White Train," from 2003's Submariner)

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